The Story of an Hour – Kate Chopin

Today, Kate Chopin (1850–1904), is recognised as one of America’s essential authors. She has been credited with introducing the modern feminist literary movement. The Encyclopaeida Britannica writes  that “her concerns about the freedom of women foreshadowed later feminist literary themes”. You can read more about her as well as her short stories as and at

She wrote  “The Story of an Hour”  in 1894, and although more than a century has passed the situation in the story is not unheard of in today’s world. Read (and/or listen) then consider what really happened in the story and more importantly why?


From the textbook “Core 2” by Jörgen Gustafsson, Monica Hjorth, Eric Kinrade. Published by Sanoma Utbildning. Extract at

Toth, Emily. (2017). “Kate Chopin ‘The Story of an Hour.’” Retrieved from

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica (februari 14, 2016) “Kate Chopin” in Encyclopædia Britannica: Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. Retrieved oktober 27, 2017 from



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